Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Generations of literary talent

The final Settle Session of the year offers inspiration from over 100 years of Craven and international history and culture.

Well known local author and poet Jean Harrison will read from her new pamphlet 'The Tilt', set in Ghana. She worked there for eight years in the Sixties, and returned for a visit thirty years later. The work shows the contrasts and similarities as the new country grew.

'Adventus' is writer Sue Vickerman's well-timed new poetry collection for Brexit Britain: what is to come? These twenty-five poems are perennials but may also serve as daily readings from 1st December, leading you through a season of endings and traumas, wistfulness, nostalgia, and anxieties about an uncertain future - with a dash of humour thrown in.
Sue's writings have appeared in The Guardian and TES, her novel 'Special Needs' is in public libraries, and her poems and fiction have been commended by Susie Orbach (a lovely book), Sandi Toksvig (loved it!), the late Magnus Magnusson (a glorious achievement!) and Bloodaxe's Neil Astley (excellent)

Earlier this year, The Tom Twistleton Centenary Festival held a poetry competition for local young people inspired by the poet's work, much of it in local dialect. From a shortlist of nine, winner Max Clarke will read his poem 'The Yorkshire Rose', along with second prize winner Daniel Craig with his poem 'Settle is my home' and commended poet Daniel Gilles with his work 'Summer in Yorkshire.' Freddie Fairweather-Smith came third with 'The Dales'.

The evening will be on Friday 17th November at 7.30pm at The Folly in Settle. Tickets £6, available from The Folly, Cave and Crag or The Courtyard Dairy Lawkland or on the door. More details from